So, now to backtrack to Halloween. This year we took Ellie out for her very first trick-or-treating experience. Our apartment complex does do trick-or-treating, but we felt a bit awkward taking Ellie around to people's homes to collect candy that she is still too young to eat. But, we have no issues with mooching candy from businesses, so we decided to take our Little Mermaid to the Avenues Mall for Mall-O-Ween 2013.
Of course, we all went in costume, because why waste those babies just lying around the house? (For the record, my Ursula the Evil Sea Witch costume was somewhat lost on Ellie, who thought I was a "pretty spider." Whatever, she liked it!)
On our way into the mall for some trick-or-treating fun!
Ellie got the hang of things pretty quickly. With my guidance, we would walk up to the candy-givers and Ellie would let them put candy in her Elmo trick-or-treat bucket. She was kind of in awe of the whole thing. She wasn't at all bothered by the crowds (that's my city girl!) and walked for quite a bit until we made the call that it was a better idea to carry her.
Ellie's very first trick-or-treat!
Getting the hang of it
Wandering through the crowds
When Ellie needed a break, we grabbed a seat right there on the mall floor.
Time to rest!
We made it through the majority of the mall, but eventually, things took a turn for the tearful.
Oh, toddlers and their mood swings. Am I right?
So, after a little cuddle and rest break, we called it a night and made our way home.
Hugs from the Sea Witch to reset
We trick-or-treated till we dropped!
Ellie rocked her first trick-or-treating experience overall, and I can't wait to do it again with her next year, when she'll be even more on board with the idea. In the meantime, I'll be over here munching on all her candy!